Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 wide, he starts with a pretty wide one ...

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, much better, just outside off stump and Trescothick lets it go safely by

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side, cannons off pads for an easy leg bye

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, that one topped 90mph and flew through Strauss ... half appeal from Shoaib

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, hammers Strauss on the pads and shouts of "that's close" from the entire team here! Replays indicate that we were right and Billy Doctrove was wrong

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, clever slower ball, dug out by Strauss

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, again sliding down the leg side and Strauss misses an attempted flick and it hits him on the pads. A great over to start with

England 2/0   Shoaib Akhtar 1-0-1-0

2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 leg bye, short into the body and it plops behind square on the leg. Shoaib is averaging 90.1mph so far

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, flicked straight to midwicket

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, slightly wide but Strauss smacks it straight to cover point

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, no run, dropped the ball unconvincingly into the ground and it spun back into the stumps quite hard as Strauss spun round to see where it was ... but the bails stayed on! A rueful smile from Akhtar

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Strauss, 1 run, guided just wide of midwicket

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 no ball, defended off the back foot but a no-ball anyhow

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, FOUR, Trescothick turned square and the ball flew at catchable height through where third slip would have been - Inzamam only has two slips - for four. Shoaib could have had both openers in that over

England 14/0   Shoaib Akhtar 2-0-7-0

4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, a touch short outside off but the ball took off and was taken high above his head by Akmal

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, unconvincing push into his pad and Trescothick called him for a quick single even though the ball barely went a yard. Good running. Shoaib appears to be limping.

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, off pads and dribbled down the leg where Akmal gathered. More distress signals from Shoaib

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, Trescothick leaves alone and then holds the pose for the photographers. Shoaib's limp gets worse ...

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump. Shoaib pulls a few faces indicating he is in pain ... that could just be to excuse the delivery

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, into Trescothick's body and jabbed into the leg. Shoaib's pace remains undiminished

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, lovely ball angled across the left-hander and Trescothick definitely played and missed. Shoaib walking to third man like he was aged 70. The physio is waiting for him at the rope, assuming he ever makes it that far

England 20/1   Shoaib Akhtar 3-0-9-0

6.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 2 runs, defensive punch through extra cover

6.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, played down firmly into the pitch

6.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, blocked into the covers. Shoaib looks fine when running in but in discomfort more than real pain the rest of the time

6.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, straight and short

6.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 run, edged wide of the two slips for a second time, but there is a third man to save the boundary

6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, effective tip and run as Bell drops the ball at his feet and runs. Good communication between the two batsmen. Shoaib leaves the field ...

England 30/1   Shoaib Akhtar 4-0-13-0

16.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Collingwood, (no ball) FOUR, short, Collingwood rocked back and slapped it one-bounce behind square on the leg for four

16.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Collingwood, no run, Nice comeback, Collingwood started to play but pulled out of the defensive prod just in time

16.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Collingwood, 1 run, misfield in the covers

16.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run

16.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, Shoaib has now found his line and pace

16.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, super ball, that. angled in at 90mph and Bell sparred at thin air

16.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, FOUR, slightly short, hit on the top of the bounce through the covers

England 70/3   Shoaib Akhtar 5-0-23-0

18.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot, Collingwood - alert and eager as ever - tries to scamper through for a run before Bell wisely sends him back

18.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, neatly timed off the back foot but straight to mid-off. He really does look

18.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 no ball, yowzers! Shoaib's slower ball comes out all wrong (for once) and it balloons over Bell's head. That's a terrifying delivery - clearly not intentional from Shoaib - but the umpire rightly warns him nevertheless

18.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, lovely shot! He really climbed into that, driving it with a flourish on the front foot but again straight to a shortish mid-off

18.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, excellent line from Shoaib on middle-and-off with just a hint of away swing. Bell defends it with a straight bat off the back foot

18.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, FOUR, fabulous shot as Bell square cuts with immense power, timing it quite beautifully through cover point. That zinged across the outfield like a tracer

18.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, shorter delivery - slower, too (73mph) - and Bell jumps back into his crease, defending it on his toes. Well, not on his toes you understand...with his bat, obviously

England 75/3   Shoaib Akhtar 6-0-28-0

40.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Dalrymple, no run, Great ball first up on his return. Dalrymple swooshes at that one and it whizzes past his outside edge at 86mph. Top bowling

40.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Dalrymple, 1 run, strays down leg and that's worked behind square. That one was 84mph

40.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, banged in short and that's a cracker of a shot, played down off the back foot

40.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Dalrymple, 1 run, attempted slower one, but it's a low full toss wide of the off stump. The batsman can't capitalise however, and that's just worked to the fielder on the third man boundary

40.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, OUT, direct hit from mid-on. Lightning fielding - a quick two-handed pickup from Afridi and he shies down the stumps, great piece of fielding. The batsman wasn't hurrying and in the end he was way out - no third umpire required here

IR Bell run out 88 (143m 117b 12x4 0x6) SR: 75.21

40.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Dalrymple, OUT, top yorker, you don't get better, totally cleaned up. That one was fired in at 92mph, have some of that. England have now lost two wickets in two balls and they're in some trouble, with two new men at the crease. Great change from Inzamam and that's Shoaib's 200th wicket in one-dayers.

JWM Dalrymple b Shoaib Akhtar 27 (48m 53b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.94

England 166/6   Shoaib Akhtar 7-0-31-1

42.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, FOUR, walks across his stumps and plays that off middle and off, right back through fine leg. That was bowled at 92mph and the batsman only had to get bat on that for it to be whipped away

42.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, defended off the back foot

42.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, speared in right at the batsman again and that's well defended on the front foot; good bowling, too.

42.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, bouncer and the batsman ducks right under it

42.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run

42.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, slower ball and the batsman can't quite work that round to square

England 171/7   Shoaib Akhtar 8-0-35-1

44.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, OUT, short, wide but gets the wicket as a huge uppercut off the back foot flies to Shoaib Malik on the third man boundary. Extra pace from Shoaib there and he smiles as England sink further

R Clarke c Shoaib Malik b Shoaib Akhtar 6 (13m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

44.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Mahmood, no run, backs away to one which pitches around leg but manages to rush out that one off the back foot over to mid-off

44.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Mahmood, no run, backs away to a slower ball which is wristily flicked out to point

44.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Mahmood, no run, backs away to a slower ball which is wristily flicked out to point

44.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Mahmood, no run, backs away and creates too much room, ending up fishing and swishing at one which flies wide of off stump

44.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Mahmood, OUT, Straight yorker. The batsman steps away yet again and Shoaib gets the reward for a tidy piece of bowling with one that crashes into the bottom of middle and leg stump

SI Mahmood b Shoaib Akhtar 1 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

44.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Broad, no run, fishes at that one and leaves it alone

England 173/9   Shoaib Akhtar 9-1-35-3

46.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Gough, FOUR, huge heave off the back foot with a big follow-through and that flies through backward point.

46.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Gough, no run, waited for that one and picked the back behind point

46.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Gough, 2 runs, another big loft - this time off a slower ball and that flies over into space at to cow corner

46.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Gough, FOUR, took his eyes off that bouncer and pulled it right behind him - it flew right over the keeper's head, just bouncing inside the line. Gough is not messing around here

46.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Gough, no run, slower ball, well dug out

46.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Gough, no run, ooh, how did that one miss? That just missed the off stump and that's a great way to finish his spell

England 186/9   Shoaib Akhtar 10-1-45-3
Series Results
England v Pakistan at Birmingham - Sep 10, 2006
England won by 3 wickets (with 114 balls remaining)
England v Pakistan at Nottingham - Sep 8, 2006
England won by 8 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
England v Pakistan at Southampton - Sep 5, 2006
Pakistan won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
England v Pakistan at Lord's - Sep 2, 2006
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 20 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v Pakistan at Cardiff - Aug 30, 2006
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Aug 30, 2006

Shoaib Akhtar celebrates his 200th ODI wicket, England v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Cardiff, August 30, 2006

Shoaib Akhtar celebrates his 200th ODI wicket

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Aug 30, 2006

Shoaib Akhtar does the albatross after clean bowling Jamie Dalrymple, England v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Cardiff, August 30, 2006

Shoaib Akhtar does the albatross after clean bowling Jamie Dalrymple

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